Father in Law died aged 88 over the weekend and it has been left up to me to organise the funeral. He was in 1st Royal Tank Regiment in the war, initially in North Africa as one of Monty's "Desert Rats" in Churchills. He then re-equiped into Shermans and took part in the Salerno landings driving the length of Italy before returning to UK and then taking part in the final push from Normandy ending up in Hamburg. In Italy he pulled another Trooper from a burning tank earning him a "Mention in Dispatches" for "distingushed and gallant service" and he wore the Oak Leaf with pride. He never really talked about The War and it wasn't until I was going through some of his personal papers over the weekend that I found a report of the battle group as it moved up through Italy and it is facinating reading. Trying to decypher some of the abbrieviations was a bit heavy going .. tk (tank??) ... SP (Self Propelled Gun??) I think ... but "Rhino's" & "Crocs" is a bit beyond me. Seems that the Italian troops didn't give them much hassle and it was only when they came up against Panzers (Tiger Tanks) that they got a bit more grief - Sod coming up agaiinst Tigers in Shermans! What did make really interesting was the bit about his Troop being seconded in support of 2 Cdo Brigade! Thanks to BR (apprieciate your help Blackrat) I've managed to discover where I can get the Regimental Flag as a coffin drape and a bit of investigation on the web has come up with the Regimental Marches for 1st RTR. He didn't want any Hymns so got some military music to play during the funeral with the local Army Chaplain officiating. Think he would have enjoyed the irony of having a Matelot organise an Army funeral so the twist in the tail is that the recording I've found of the Regimental March is played by the Band of the Royal Marines! Well it was a better recording than the one by the Band of the RTR! At least thats my story and I'm sticking to it!